Thailand’s sprawling capital city boasts vibrant street life, gorgeous riverside views, rich history, and some of the best Thai food around. Enjoy a multi-sensory adventure with this delightful itinerary.
1. Pay Respects at Wat Arun
The Temple of Dawn is regarded as one of Bangkok’s most beautiful temples—for good reason. The gorgeous structure graces the banks of the Chao Phraya River and draws admirers year-round. Enjoy the spectacle either at night—when the temple is illuminated—or at dawn, when the building reflects the sun’s first light. In either case, you’ll find the best views by accessing the temple via ferry and climbing the steep staircase toward the temple’s face. The views from the top aren’t too shabby, either.
2. Glimpse Into the Past at Bang Kra Jao
Before industrialization swept through the city, all of Bangkok may have looked a bit like Bang Kra Jao. Just a short water taxi ride from the city center lies a peaceful, green jungle that’s home to a small fishing community. Thousands of paths meander through the trees and rickety stilt houses belonging to the area’s residents. Remember to be a respectful tourist while exploring the forest, and enjoy the peace and quiet.
3. Stroll Through Siam Square
Return to the hustle and bustle of downtown Bangkok and head to Siam Square, the hip epicenter of Thai culture. Spend some time people-watching (you’re bound to see some outrageous fashions and overhear accents from all over the world) or shopping in the square’s open-air complex.
4. Dine on Contemporary Southern Thai Cuisine
Enjoy a personalized Thai dining experience by savoring a home-cooked meal from Bangkok-raised Golf. Golf will guide you through Klong Toey market, Bangkok’s largest fresh market, where together you’ll select ingredients for the meal ahead. Then you’ll hop in a tuk tuk for the quick trip to Golf’s rooftop apartment in the Sathorn Soi 1 neighborhood. Gaze out over the Bangkok skyline while enjoying Golf’s flavorful cooking, which might include anything from green curry to stir-fried shrimp and veggies.
5. Rest Up in Award-Winning Luxury
Retire for the night at the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, which has been honored with over 10 awards from online booking sites. Located near the center of the city on the Chao Phraya River, the hotel boasts five-star luxury and gorgeous views at a surprisingly reasonable price. Lounge at the pool (or the pool bar), enjoy a massage or facial treatment at the hotel’s spa, and soak up river views while standing on your room’s private balcony.
For a more budget-friendly option, stay at the sweet and stylish Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok, which is only a short subway ride from many of Bangkok’s most popular attractions. Soak tired muscles underneath a rain shower or relax beside the rooftop pool before turning in for the night.
As this itinerary goes to show, Thai culture features an exciting blend of old and new, reverent and edgy. In Bangkok, you can savor it all.
This post was published in conjunction with Hipmunk.